Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Review Tour + #Giveaway: Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure by Emily-Jane Hills Orford @ejhomusic @GoddessFish



Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure
by Emily-Jane Hills Orford
GENRE: Middle Grade fantasy


BLURB:

There is a hidden treasure in the grand old mansion on Piccadilly Street, in a place called London, but not the real London of English fame. There’s also a lot of mystery and a murder that’s been unsolved for decades. But it’s the treasure that captures Mary’s interest. Mary lives in this house along with her family, her Brownie friends and a ghost. When the ghost reveals her secret about the hidden treasure, there’s no stopping Mary, her Brownie friends, or her enemies from searching for this treasure. Why the intrigue? Apparently there’s a little bit of magic connected to this treasure. And so the adventure begins. Who will find the treasure first?


Excerpt:

But this treasure alluded her. She knew it was here, in this house, somewhere. The question was, where? And Mrs. Murray wasn’t being any help. Not one bit.

Mary let out a deeply pent up sigh. “You must remember something! When was the last time you held the jewellery in your hands? Did you ever wear the ring? Or the necklace? Or both?”

“Oh yes!” Mrs. Murray beamed, if a ghost could beam through its shimmering effervescence. Even her eyes glistened, sparkled really, as the memories started to wash over her. “I wore it as a teenager. Only briefly. My grandmother gave it to me when I turned sixteen. She said it was very special, full of magic. I didn’t believe her then. I didn’t believe in magic. You see, I hadn’t met Brunny and Pelly yet. They were connected to my grandmother until she died, which was only days after she gave me the jewels. Very sad. She was so strong and healthy. It was as if some horrible curse took her away. That’s what Brunny said when he first appeared to me. Both my grandmother and Brunny insisted I take special care of the jewels. And certainly not wear them around for the world to see. Such a shame, really. They are beautiful. Were beautiful. Are beautiful. I don’t know which, past or present. Do they even still exist? I don’t remember the last time I saw the necklace. It must have been before I left Scotland. Perhaps it is still there. Perhaps I misplaced it. I don’t really know. But the ring is here. Somewhere. If it still exists.”

“Oh, it exists all right.” Mary dropped her legs over the side of the bed. “Maybe if we wander the house together, you might remember and I might sense something.”

“What if we wake your family?”

“I’ll pretend I’m sleepwalking,” Mary chuckled softly. “I do that enough anyway. They’ll believe it. Besides. Everyone’s exhausted. They’re out for the night. Like Dad will say in the morning, sleeping like a log.”

“If you insist.”

“I do.”

“Where are the Brownies? I hope Elizabeth hasn’t poisoned them again.”

“In which case, we shall be extra vigilant as she may be watching our every move.” Mary didn’t say it out loud, but she had decided it might be best to just sense a location of the treasure and then go looking for it in daylight, at a time when she was sure Elizabeth wasn’t snooping.


My Review:

An evil witch is after Mrs. Murray’s treasure she has hidden in Mary’s house. When Mary learns that the evil witch is looking for this treasure and that it is magic Mary is determined to help Mrs. Murray find the treasure she hid in the old house as Mrs. Murray can’t remember where she hid it. With the help of her Brownie and ghost friends Mary sets out to find the treasure and stop the evil witch from doing harm.

Come join Mary and her friends on their treasure hunting escapade. Mary and her friends will take you on a wonderful adventure throughout the story with lots of action and twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages. Mrs. Murray’s Hidden Treasure is a book for all ages to enjoy.


I recommend Mrs. Murry’s Hidden Treasure to all fans of ghost and treasure hunting stories. 




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

An avid gardener, artist, musician and writer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford has fond memories and lots of stories that evolved from a childhood growing up in a haunted Victorian mansion. Told she had a ‘vivid imagination’, the author used this talent to create stories in her head to pass tedious hours while sick, waiting in a doctor’s office, listening to a teacher drone on about something she already knew, or enduring the long, stuffy family car rides. The author lived her stories in her head, allowing her imagination to lead her into a different world, one of her own making. As the author grew up, these stories, imaginings and fantasies took to the written form and, over the years, she developed a reputation for telling a good story. Emily-Jane can now boast that she is an award-winning author of several books, including Mrs. Murray’s Ghost (Telltale Publishing 2018), Mrs. Murray’s Hidden Treasure (Telltale Publishing 2019), Queen Mary’s Daughter (Clean Reads 2018), Gerlinda (CFA 2016) which received an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, To Be a Duke (CFA 2014) which was named Finalist and Silver Medalist in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards and several other books. A retired teacher of music and creative writing, she writes about the extra-ordinary in life and the fantasies of dreams combined with memories. For more information on the author, check out her website at: http://emilyjanebooks.ca



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18 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Chucosgirl said...

Love a good ghost story!

James Robert said...

Your book sounds like a great read and thank you for sharing it with us.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford said...

Thank you for hosting me and my book, "Mrs. Murray's Hidden Treasure" and for the wonderful review.

Bernie Wallace said...

How long ago did you come up for the idea of your book?

Gwendolyn Jordan said...

I like the cover

Rita Wray said...

I liked the excerpt, thank you.

Bea LaRocca said...

Congratulations on this nice review. Good evening. My question for you today is: Are you able to read or write when it is noisy or do you require peace and quiet as I do?

Bernie Wallace said...

Do you have any plans for your next book?

Emily-Jane Hills Orford said...

Hello Bernie Wallace - I've had my ideas floating around in my head for some time. It was actually my sister who insisted that I write something about our experiences growing up in a haunted house.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford said...

Hello Bea LaRocca - I prefer quiet, but it's not always an option. Once I get into my writing, the entire world could collapse and I would still be writing. (metaphorically speaking, of course)

Emily-Jane Hills Orford said...

Hello Bernie Wallace - Plans for my next book? Actually, I always have one in the works and several doing the rounds of publishers and editors. There are two more books in "The Piccadilly Street Series", coming soon.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford said...

Thank you everyone for your positive comments and feedback. I hope you enjoy the book.

Bernie Wallace said...

Your book sounds interesting. I hope that it is a success.

Bernie Wallace said...

How long did it take you to write your book?

Bernie Wallace said...

Did you come up with the title of the book before or after you started writing it?

Bernie Wallace said...

Who is your favorite character in the book?

Emily-Jane Hills Orford said...

Hello Bernie Wallace - Title? I always play around with titles: before I start writing and once I start writing, but somehow I knew Mrs. Murray had to be part of the title. Favorite character? Granny - she was my wonderful grandmother and she pops up in most of my writing.

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